The Appalachian Center for Craft is featuring the Visiting Workshop Faculty Exhibition until August 4 in Gallery One. All the craft media are represented by emerging and professional artists. I have the bowl above in the show as I will be teaching Handbuilt Vessels in July. Check out the Craft Center website http://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/PDF/Craft_Center_Workshop_Catalog09.pdf for more information on the workshop offerings.
A couple of weekends ago at the Craft Center, I taught a hand building workshop on making plates and platters. I had four students who were great! We had a fun time in the studio making crazy plate and platter forms, although we did not neglect the traditional forms. We discussed form in relation to function and a variety of surfacing techniques. Some of the participants were really into texture and form, while others were more interested in using slips and sgraffito. The pictures are from show and tell at lunch on Sunday, and of the students being creative. Other workshops were going at the same time in metals, blacksmithing, fibers, and wood. The Appalachian Center for craft has many of its summer and fall evening workshops still open. Call the office at 615.597.6801 to register or for a catalog and information about workshops go online at http://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/wkshops.html.